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Ban the $100 Bill to Thwart Terrorists and Despots?

Russ Warner | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Russ Warner

Large denomination bills help facilitate the transfer and concealment of sizable amounts of money. Much of this illicit money can be stored offshore in international banks where it can be kept secure and hidden from the law.

Reducing Harms of Harmless Pleasures: The Role of Civil Society

Katherine Pettus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

Nation states and drug cartels are not the only powerful institutional actors in the international community. Transnational civil society networks can also be powerful, which is why some member states discourage them.

Mexican Judge Rules El Chapo Can Be Extradited To The U.S.

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.09.2016 | World

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican judge has ruled that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can be extradited to face charges in the United States, the...

Mexican Actress Says Sean Penn Betrayed Her: 'Total And Complete Bulls**t'

The New Yorker | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.11.2016 | World

On the evening of January 9, 2012, the Mexican actress Kate del Castillo poured a glass of wine, sat down at her computer, and opened Twitter....

How Getting Rid Of The $100 Bill Could Reduce International Crime

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business

For the world’s biggest crooks, it’s all about the Benjamins. That’s why Lawrence Summers, a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, ...

The Sean Penn School of Journalism!

Spencer Green | Posted 01.11.2016 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Are you tired of your dead-end, go-nowhere job? Would you like an opportunity to see the world and flex your dormant writing muscles? Then you may be just the candidate we're looking for at The Sean Penn School of Journalism™!

El Chapo Sat For An Interview With Sean Penn

Rolling Stone | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.09.2016 | Media

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, started out in business not long after turning 6, selling oranges and soft drinks....

Ron Johnson: Deporting Kids To Honduras Is OK Because It's 'A Beautiful Country'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

It's not so bad to deport children to what was until recently the murder capital of the world, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Friday, since Honduras i...

El Chapo’s Sons Are Playing Cat-And-Mouse With Mexican Authorities On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

Jesus Alfredo Guzman likes to tweet a lot. Mainly, he likes to tweet pictures of big guns, fast cars, wads of money and his pet lion cubs. But above a...

'The Cartel' A Conversation With Don Winslow

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.22.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Don Winslow is known to thriller lovers everywhere, especially after his extraordinary novel, Savages, which was made into a riveting film directed by Oliver Stone.

The Kingpin Strategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of "high-value targeting," our preferred euphemism for assassination.

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Ryan Grim

Bill Clinton: Sorry For The Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violenc...

Perverse U.S. Drug Policies Promote Drug Addiction and Deaths

Allen Frances | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The last 40 years prove conclusively that interdiction can't possibly win the war against the cartels. Illegal drugs are more available, stronger, and cheaper than ever. We have encouraged lawlessness and civil strife in every drug-producing nation.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Suffer the Little Children

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The Alliance for Progress did much good but it got pushed aside by the demands of our commitment in Vietnam and somehow withered away. In the intervening years, we have treated Latin America as a sideshow.

America's War on Drugs Ravages Central America -- And These Volunteer Paramedics Clean Up the Mess

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

The Envelope, Please! Announcing The First Annual 'Blurbie' Awards for Truly Ridiculous PR

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Peter Mandel

As a travel writer whose inbox is always jam-packed with profound and deeply moving press releases, it started me thinking. Wasn't it high time that the finest of these works earned the recognition they deserve?

Border Wars

James Moore | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
James Moore

While drug runners and police officers fire at each other on camera, community leaders shoot themselves in the foot by allowing access to these scenes. Self-inflicted wounds tend to be the worst kind.

Guatemala: Fighting for the Future

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.

Drugs, Cock Fights and Iron Ore -- a Chinese Connection to the Michoacán Crisis?

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 04.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

I look forward to investigative reporters digging deeper into the causes and consequences of the current Michoacán crisis to help us understand the many layers that lay behind a conflict that is often reported as one between evil extortionists and a noble popular uprising.

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Avinash Tharoor

The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is particularly disgraceful when considering the recent system of marijuana regulation that was introduced in Colorado.

Mexican Director Amat Escalante Speaks About Being on Martin Scorsese's Jury in Marrakech

Karin Badt | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"I came because of Martin Scorsese," Mexican director Amat Escalante said, explaining his reason for accepting a position as member of the jury at the...

'Narco Cultura' Takes You Inside The World Of Drug Violence

Posted 11.21.2013 | Latino Voices

With and AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder/ cross my path and I’ll chop your head off/ We’re bloodthirsty, and crazy and we like to kill. T...

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.